While reading Catch the Jew! by Tuvia Tenenbom the 1990 film Europa, Europa kept coming to mind!

CATCH THIS BOOK! Review by Roy Doliner, co-author of the New York Times and international best-seller The Sistine Secrets. His sequel, Veiled in Mystery: the last secret of Michelangelo, is due out next year.

While reading Catch the Jew! (Gefen Publishing), Tuvia Tenenbom's utterly fascinating collection of verbal snapshots of "the situation" in Israel today, the film Europa, Europa kept coming to mind. This 1990 film tells the true story of Solomon Perel, a young Jew who manages to stay one step ahead of the Holocaust by using his multi-lingual skills to change identities whenever the winds of war blow in a different direction. His talent as a chameleon enables him to transform himself instantly into a Polish Catholic partisan, a Russian Communist, and even a rising young star in the Nazi army.

In the case of Solomon Perel, he used his polyglot expertise to escape from mortal danger. Tuvia Tenenbom does the opposite. Fluent in Hebrew, German, Arabic, English and probably a dozen other languages, he effortlessly morphs into a German convert to Islam, a Euro atheist anti-Israel agitator and various other characters, all in order to infiltrate some of the most impenetrable and dangerous situations one can imagine.

Tenenbom's writing is personable and charming. Reading his words, the reader can understand how he was able to delve deep into the heart of darkness, becoming close friend and confidant to Islamic arch terrorists, European anti-Semites, Jews who gladly are making a career of betraying and demonizing Israel, and an entire rogues' gallery of unsavory, unscrupulous characters. He shines a harsh, sardonic light on the secret, smelly and highly lucrative racket of attacking Israel. Somehow, he is able to leaven all this with a large dose of congenial humor. The book is so engaging that I kept devouring one chapter after another like popcorn - or rather, like Bamba - zipping through all 467 pages in 3 days.

In the end, Tuvia's journey is not only into the unholy machinations going on in the Holy Land, but also into himself. After playing roles such as Tobi the Aryan and Abu Ali the supporter of terrorism, he comes full circle to being even more himself; Tuvia the Jew, descendant of Abraham and Sarah, and son of the land of Israel. 
 

Roy Doliner is the co-author of the New York Times and international best-seller The Sistine Secrets. His sequel, Veiled in Mystery: the last secret of Michelangelo, is due out next year.

Tuvia Tenenbom Shares Honor with Lucy Aharish

Both Lucy and Tuvia are included in the Algemeiner Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2015.

Lucy Aharish is a “trailblazing Muslim journalist, who brings a discourse of tolerance and interdenominational openness to Israel’s public agenda.”

Tuvia Tenenbom, also blazed a few trails in this time, most recently by writing "Catch the Jew!" and "I Sleet in Hitler's Room". They are both included in the Algemeiner Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2015.

Aharish and Tenenbom met in 2014 when Aharish interviewed Tenenbom in English for i24 News.

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Tuvia Tenenbom Schools Lord Mendelsohn on the New Israel Fund!

"Thanks to you I will increase my donation to the New Israel Fund" This is what Labour peer Lord Mendelsohn said to Tuvia Tenenbom at the Finchley Synagogue, 5 March, 2016. He is probably still reeling from Tuvia's response!

By JC Reporter, March 6, 2016

Controversial Israeli writer Tuvia Tenenbom launched a 10-minute tirade against Labour peer Lord Mendelsohn during an address to Finchley Synagogue on Shabbat.

Mr Tenenbom, who was disinvited from a Limmud panel last December, accused Lord Mendelsohn through his association with the New Israel Fund of being a self-hating Jew, comparable to the Jews who collaborated with the Nazis and helped fund the rise of Adolf Hitler.

The Israeli-born writer had been invited to speak to the community about his book, ‘Catch the Jew!’

Lord Mendelsohn said of the incident: “I read Mr Tenenbom’s book, which addressed some well-known issues with the style you would expect of a strident polemic. What his verbal assault showed was that it was written by someone with a hate-filled, ugly and deeply prejudiced political personality. On balance it is probably better for him to stick to writing.”

He added: “It wasn’t what I had expected to happen between adon olam and a herring at Kiddush”. 

Lord Mendelsohn is the President of the Commonwealth Jewish Council, Co-President of Norwood and a former Chairman of Kinloss Community Centre and Finchley Synagogue. He is a former member of the board of trustees of the New Israel Fund in Britain.

This replaces an earlier version of the story. 

In response, Mr Tenenbom said:

"The depiction of the event at the synagogue lacks content. During my speech I gave numerous examples of findings made by New Israel Fund to various anti-Israel groups and people and I argued that by doing so the NIF has positioned itself as an organization made up of sworn, self-hating Jews, who deliberately undermine Israel’s cause by spreading unsubstantiated propaganda against Israel and her Jewish supporters in the Diaspora. To this, Lord Mendelsohn told me that I had reminded him he had not yet made his annual contribution to the NIF, but that now – thanks to
me - he will increase it.

"In reply, I said that his reaction to my comments about the New Israel Fund was itself an example of the Jewish self-hatred that I write about in my book, Catch the Jew! For him to brag about donating more to the NIF, and this after I had pointed out the rabid self-hate causes it supports with endless flow of cash, was nothing short than a living
proof to the uncritical, irrational, fundamentalist worldview that people like
this Lord suffer from."

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"First Time I have ever felt so strongly about a book to post a review under my own name". gUEST POST BY Mark Roisman, New Rochelle, New York

Mark Roisman gets what many other readers miss; Tuvia Tenenbom is no right winger! See his review of Catch the Jew! by Tuvia Tenenbom on Amazon.com 

"Without exaggeration one of most important books ever written about Modern Israel" Reader Review of Catch the Jew! by Tuvia Tenenbom on Amazon.com

I have never previously read a book that I felt so strongly about,to the point where I'm posting a review under my own name. As well, I have actively persuaded (or at least attempted to persuade) friends and acquaintances to read this book .It's that important.

It's very frustrating for supporters of Israel to live in a modern zeitgeist where black is white, and white is black. For years, my frustration only grew as the politically correct culture slowly decided that Israel, a modern, western, moral country was evil incarnate, and the Bond villains surrounding them were the heroes in the white hats. A truth teller, an unbiased observer, preferably from another planet would be needed to see the falsehoods for what they are. and present the facts as they really are, in order to change the world.

I suspect Tuvia Tenenbom, a lapsed Jew who abandoned Israel physically and spiritually decades ago, a secularist who, I suspect (he is apolitical in this book, so I really can only speculate) leans more left than right on the political spectrum, ever guessed that he would be that truth teller, but he is. Mr. Tenenbom, wades through the weeds of NGO's, anti-Zionists, self-hating Jews and holocaust deniers of all ethnicity, and exposes, through their own words and actions, what is truly going on. Most tellingly, and frighteningly, is how obvious it is; all that is necessary is unbiased observation.

Tenenbom, doesn't do any deep investigative reporting, he doesn't sort through secret files, he doesn't use spy cameras, it's not necessary. He merely gives them the impression he's telling their story, and they don't even try to hide what they're doing.

My favorite example is when a Palestinian activist tells Tenenbom how the Israelis forbid Palestinians from owning property in the same conversation in which he brags about the real estate he owns, without even realizing the disconnect.

Tenenbom's conclusion is upsetting, yet proves his honesty, and I disagree with that conclusion, but that doesn't change the importance of this book, because honest men can disagree about opinions. However, while his opinions are his own, his facts are indisputable. There are none so blind as those who will not see.

See this review of Catch the Jew! by Tuvia Tenenbom on Amazon.com 

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Learning Arabic Cured me of BDS!

Here is a guest post by Susanna Kris, who commented on our Facebook post January 22 2016 urging people to learn Arabic, as she did, and as Tuvia Tenenbom did, and as a result, had better insight into the Israel Palestine conflict. 

 

Susanna Kriz, Commenting on our Facebook Post, January 22, 2016

I used to be one of the self-hating fools which Tenenbom describes in his book. Many people who are not familiar with Israel will probably think that he is exaggerating, but the contrary is true: he made a bleak, indigestible truth palatable with his great sense of humour. 


I can tell for sure that none of self-hating Jews who are working towards their own annihilation see themselves as self-haters. They see themselves as positive exceptions to the rule, as heroic dissidents who hold up essential Jewish values, namely, justice for everybody. 

I am half Israeli and half German ("I Sleep in Hitler's Room" is great, too), and I found it very telling that some of the self-haters whom Tenenbom met rejected the term "Jew" and preferred to refer to themselves as "Hebrews" - presumably because they think that Jews (as in diaspora Jews) are pathetic whiners. However, in the diaspora, it is exactly these "pathetic whiners" who make up groups like the Jewish Voice for Peace. Many are from families of Shoah survivors, and they feel let down or betrayed by Israel for one reason or another. My motivation for joining the BDS movement was that I was called a pathetic whiner by my Israeli relatives whenever I tried to tell them about my experience with anti-Semitism in Germany.

What cured me is that I started learning Arabic - and learned some bitter lessons about how cynical Arabs are about Jews who fight for the Palestinian cause.

I couldn't have felt more abused if I had been an advocate who was gang raped by her clients. Tuvia Tenenbom often asked Israeli activists for the Palestinian cause whether they know Arabic, and all of them answered "No". He does know Arabic. Let me tell you, learning Arabic is the best deprogramming method imaginable.

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News Flash. Nosey Woman with a Dumb ex-Husband Finds Herself Reading Catch The Jew! by Tuvia Tenenbom.

You'll never guess what happens next!

This is a weird read! In my opinions, the ramblings of a mad man who is visiting the middle east.. Although I do keep reading it, I think it's b/c I'm just a bit nosy...lol He travels to different cities in the middle east and interviews people. Not what I would pick for myself as reading material. I purchased this to download on my extra kindle so my ex husband could read it. Of course, he was too dumb to operate a kindle, never read it, so I'm trying to work my way through it.  See the rest of this review and many others on Amazon.com

More Reader Reviews on Amazon.com

I loved this book so much so I bought 50 copies for friends and family. I read it over a weekend and simply found it very hard to stop reading apart for some basic activities like eating and sleeping :) Not only this book is full of first hand encounters, it is very entertaining indeed. The author has done a marvellous job in uncovering the brutal truths in both Israel and the Palestinian Authority. He showed how stories in the press are written and propagated and the forces that operate there as well as their agendas, which are sometime well hidden. This is a must read for anyone who wants a glimpse into Israeli and Palestinian societies. I loved it! See the rest of this review and many others on Amazon.com

This book is required reading for anyone seeking to understand Israel today. The title is unfortunate, as it doesn't really convey what this book is about. Disguising himself as a German reporter (the author, originally from Israel, speaks Hebrew, Arabic, English and German), he travels all over Israel and the West Bank, interviewing people from all walks of life, from illegal immigrants in Tel Aviv to members of the Knesset, Bedouin farmers, Palestinian activists, Jewish settlers, European NGO members, soldiers, prostitutes, taxi drivers, journalists, rabbis, foreign diplomats, waiters - you name it. He has a genius for getting people to open up to him, and a wry, absurd way of looking at the world. The access he was able to obtain is breathtaking: often at great risk, he talked his way into high-level PLO headquarters, an Israeli battleship, placed himself in the middle of a violent demonstration, and hiked all over the West Bank with Palestinian politicians. Through it all, his love of his subjects is palpable. If you read only one book about Israel, please make it this. See the rest of this review and many others on Amazon.com


Amazing book! Finally, someone sheds a light on the hypocrisy of the Palestinian/Israeli situation! Mr. Tenenbom levels his finger squarely at Western and European NGO's getting fat off the good intentions and misguided guilt of the world-at-large. He exposes the so-called journalists and do-gooders for what they truly are: self-righteous, unrepentant narcissists, more concerned with keeping their budgets intact than working towards any real justice or peace. What's so depressing about this book is how it also captures, beyond the tangled mess that has enveloped the land of milk and honey, the humanity and vibrancy of the Arab and Jewish population, giving us a sense of what could be, if we may ditch the entrenched BS and talk to one another as human beings. But unfortunately this will never happen - there are simply too many "peace activists" with their demonizing agendas in the way, determined to maintain the status quo, no matter what the truth might be! Is there any Hope?!? Perhaps... but only if this book is read by enough people, in the process becoming THE central text in the region's discourse, may we finally reverse the decades of hypocrisy and racism-disguised-as-compassion that has the World disproportionately focused on Israel as the great pariah while tens of thousands of truly unfortunate victims of human rights victims go unheard. Do your part and READ it! Then GIVE IT TO SOMEONE!! See the rest of this review and many others on Amazon.com

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Who Taught the Moslems to Hate Jews? Bestselling Author Has a shocking truth to Reveal!

This is part 2 of Eric Stakelbeck's interview with bestselling author Tuvia Tenenbom on The Watchman. 

In this interview we learn the answers to these questions;

  • Why would Hitler would be shocked if he were alive today, according to Palestinian spymaster Jibril Rajoub?
  • How did a tiny Palestinian village got a six lane highway?
  • Who taught the Moslems to hate the Jews! Learn more.

 

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In Catch the Jew! Tuvia Tenenbom uses humor and charm to explore life in Israel and Palestine. In the course of his research he uncovers an international agenda to find fault with Jews and Israel. These people have one goal; to Catch the Jew doing something wrong! To buy "Catch the Jew!" on Amzon.com click here.

 

Reading Tenenbom in Coach!

Catch the Jew! by Tuvia Tenenbom is a bestseller at Ben Gurion International Airport!

Looking for a Great Book to Read on the Plane? 

Catch the Jew! by Tuvia Tenenbom is a bestseller at Ben Gurion International Airport!

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In Catch the Jew! Tuvia Tenenbom uses humor and charm to explore life in Israel and Palestine. In the course of his research he uncovers an international agenda to find fault with Jews and Israel. These people have one goal; to Catch the Jew doing something wrong! To buy "Catch the Jew!" on Amzon.com click here.